Well, folks, we finally made it: Chan, Rob, and Les, all together in the big city. I think we’ve all dreamed of visiting New York City—who doesn’t?—but who would have thought we’d be here on a mission to understand the law and what lawyers do behind the scenes?
It worked out pretty well, too. Sure, we had a few hiccups here and there, starting with a flat tire on the interstate. Still, we managed to get our footage with the lawyers at Jaghab Jaghab & Jaghab, and the results are looking great already.
Getting Started in the City
Of course, not every trip is all business, so we did a little exploring. The ride up was a little bumpy, between the flat tire and the cup of coffee accidentally dumped on Rob’s lap, which was only funny after the fact, according to him. Still, we made it there, and it was time to explore.
First, we focused on getting a few shots of the city, from the Statue of Liberty to Times Square. We are professionals, after all, and we’re working on making a beautiful project come true. Then, of course, we stopped for a few slices of pizza at a local place, and let me tell you, they don’t make it like that where I’m from.
I could talk about the food all day, of course, but let’s get back to the city. Honestly, all of us could have spent another three days exploring, taking pictures, and getting footage. It’s a beautiful place, and for a minute, we joked about changing “The Lives of Lawyers” to “The Lives of New Yorkers.” Then, it was time to get to our interviews.
So, for those of you thinking about making your own documentary, you may be wondering how making a documentary works. How do you select the questions, and what do you need to know before you sit across from someone and start asking questions?
First, make sure you know your subject inside and out. For example, because we focus on lawyers, we start out learning about how they became lawyers, when the firm began, and what notable events has the firm been a part of.
Research can be a treasure trove for good questions, so we always start there. In fact, Les and I brainstormed for half the trip, letting Rob take the wheel for a while.
Of course, knowing a couple things and having some good questions isn’t the only important part of interview. You’ve got to be prepared for some curveballs, too. For example, during our interview, we got some interesting answers back about things we hadn’t read about before we arrived, so we asked some off-script questions. Sometimes, it takes a little surprise to get a good interview.
More to Come from NYC
Don’t get too comfy yet, folks. We’re not exactly done with New York yet. In fact, we have a few interested parties looking to get interviews, visits, and maybe even a tour for our crew. Stay tuned for more next week.
If you like what you see here, check back in with us for our successes and, of course, our failures. We’re capturing the whole journey, and we’re taking you with us. So, read on, folks, and learn with us about what it takes to make a documentary.